Linenhall Library open to public for 8th annual Day of Reflection

Healing Through Remembering will be hosting a Day of Reflection event at the Linenhall Library on Saturday, 21 June from 11am to 4pm.  This is the 8th year that the Day is being marked.

It will be open to the public as a space to mark the Day, and there will be a number of guest readings throughout.  DVDs from Healing Through Remembering projects including the Everyday Objects Transformed by the Conflict exhibition, Ordinary Objects Extraordinary Times, When the summit is shrouded in mist and previous Day of Reflection events will be shown periodically through the day.

Everyone is welcome to come and use the space for reflection.

Around the corner from the Linenhall Library, the Everyday Objects Transformed by the Conflict exhibition will also be open for the Day from 11am to 4pm at 38 Queen Street.

Various Day of Reflection activities are also being organised by different groups and organisations across Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Great Britain.  For a list of these activities and other ideas about how to mark the Day, please visit the Day of Reflection website here.

If you or your group is marking the day and would like to publicise it, please email Sarah at

Why 21 June?

Research to find a suitable date on which to hold a Day of Reflection revealed that there is no day in the calendar year that is not the anniversary of the death of at least one person who died as a direct result of the conflict in and about Northern Ireland.

21 June, the longest day of the year, was chosen as it is a symbolically important day because of the ebbing relationship between the hours of dark and light – a symbol of the pain and hope in our society.

It is a day that is forward-looking and backward-looking at the same time. It represents a pause in the cycle of nature, a moment to reflect.  Furthermore, the day’s significance is related to a naturally occurring event, and nature itself makes no distinction of race, creed or political perspective.